So how does Dimming Work – The Basics

So how does Dimming Work – The Basics

Guide to replacing dimmable light bulbs – What are my options 
by: Technical Support Team


As straight forward as we hoped it would be, dimming is rather technical. It seems, as your questions arise, the answers become more complex and tend to lead to more questions. So in this series we are going to cover dimming and the basics on how it works.

So how did you arrive at this article…

You have a round dial or a sliding switch in your home that magically dims your light fixtures brightness. It seems to be the most simple task in the world – you physically adjust this manual dial (or slider) and VOILA! you have adjusted your light to set the perfect mood. This feature has worked for what seems like eons, but all of a sudden, darkness. The bulb(s) have finally bit the dust!

You of course need to now replace these bulbs. Maybe the existing bulb is an older 40W incandescent bulb or a directional halogen bulb. Either way not being 100% sure you decide to bring this light source/bulb to your local hardware store to find a replacement. Now you are facing a massive isle, an endless sea of light bulbs. Being slightly overwhelmed you now scour the store grabbing the closest salesman you can find.

(If you have read our previous articles you are well prepared for this adventure)

The salesman points out a standard E26/Medium Base, A19 CFL or LED light bulb. So you snatch this bulb and examine the packaging. Hesitantly you say “Will this bulb work with my wall dimmer?”

And so it begins.

Okay so maybe our story is a bit over the top – however let’s cover some dimming basics

A line voltage switch (or a normal everyday light switch) works by closing and opening a circuit. When the circuit is open the light is off, if the circuit is closed the light is on. This is the basic principal on how a light source is energized.

For simplicity we will only cover the most common dimming technique found in older analogue dimming switches; Forward-phase (TRAIC) and Reverse-Phase.

These two techniques are similar in theory. Forward-Phase dimming cuts power in the forward phase of the AC waveform twice as the current changes polarity. The reverse-phase control dimmers cuts power in the same way but instead of from the leading edge of the AC waveform it cuts it from the trailing edges. (Image below is a visual of these cuts on the AC Waveform)

Contrary to popular belief a dimming switch on your wall does not reduce the power to the bulb which intern dims the bulb (Less power = less light). The light is actually turning on and off at an extremely high rate of speed (approximately 120 times per second on a 60Hz 120V power source). These speeds are so high that the human eye can only interpret this as the light being less bright. To achieve a “dimmer” light you simply cut more of the AC curve.

So What Does this All Mean?

Well you have a basic understand on how your dimmer switch now works. This should work with all light bulbs right? Not really. LED light bulbs do not use AC power; they actually operate on DC Power (Direct Current). Therefore there is no waveform to interrupt; however by adjusting the current through the LED, dimming can achieved.

LED bulb and driver manufacturers have addressed this issue. These dimming switches are known as legacy dimmers, which is just a fancy way of saying analogue dimmers that predate mainstream LED technology using forward-phase or reverse-phase dimming.

These manufactures have tried to simplify this very complex topic by placing labels on their LED bulb packages. To the right you can see a few symbols you may find that represent a dimmable bulb made to work with legacy dimming switch. These bulbs will work 99% of the time, but there are circumstances where flicking bulbs or in consistent dimming can happen. Troubleshooting these issues will be covered on a later date.

If you’re dimming switches are digital and/or your house or switches are new… Well this is a whole other topic.

millelumen – LED Illumination Projects


LED illumination Projects

About millelumen and their Projects

A simplicity that creates space for emotions and identity. The reduction of form is accompanied by a maximum of function, of light, light scenes and mood lighting in endless variations as expressions of sensually perceptible aesthetics. From the very beginning, it has been our aim to create unique pieces of art, that stage-manage, decorate and redefine rooms and spaces.

Ecological, economically efficient and sustainable values are a sine qua non for cutting-edge technology and materials. Our demands can only be met by the generation of light using LEDs, which, combined with variable light management technology, assures superior functionality and a maximum of convenience. Aluminium as a lucent and genuine substance as well as the corresponding modern surfaces are elementary to uncompromising quality.

Below are pictures and details of a few millelumen Projects.

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Frankfurt, Germany

In the picture above is private villa project in Frankfurt / Germany using the millelumen classic line. These fixtures can be seen above and directly behind the table.

Raiffeisen Bank – Lenzerheide, Switzerland

The picture above is a project for Raiffeisen Bank in Switzerland using the millelumen architecture line. You can see on the left side of this picture is a continuous line of illumination.

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PAM – Montespertoli Tuscany, Italy

In the picture above is a custom length RGB classic from millelumen. This fixture stood as the staple mark of PAM’s entrance way. (PAM is Leather goods company based in Montespertoli, Tuscany, Italy)

LMT FETTE – Schwarzenbek, Germany

The company LMT FETTE, which is based in Schwarzenbek (near Hamburg), is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of precision milling tools, gear hobs, thread rolling systems and taps. These images are of their entrance hall where 20 millelumen classic wall lamps (01-W01A-265) have been installed.

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The Light Bulb – Color Temperature? – Part 3


Guide to understanding the confusing world of light bulbs and light sources
by: Technical Support Team

Lighting Temperature for Modern European Lighting

What is Kelvin (K)

Color temperature is a common measurement used across all light bulbs and is the most noticeable to the human eye. Color temperature is represented in degrees Kelvin (K) and is measured by the way light appears when a human looks directly into an energized lamp.

The absolute zero of Kelvin (K) is 0; unlike temperature measured in Fahrenheit or Celsius. It is easier to understand using the following example; if you apply heat to a piece of metal, at one point the color will begin to change. When heating the metal you will find colors change from red to yellow, yellow to white, white to blue as the temperature increases. This example shows the correlation between temperature in F/C to K (different metals have different melting points but for a basic understanding we have used this example).

In which applications can I find fixtures with different color temperatures?

  • Warm White: Restaurants, Hotel Lobbies, Boutiques, Homes.
  • White: Libraries, Offices, Retail Stores.
  • Neutral White: Public Reception Areas, Showrooms, Bookstores, Offices
  • Cool White: Offices, Conference Rooms, Classrooms, Hospitals, Mass Merchandisers
  • Daylight: Galleries, Museums, Jewelry Stores, Medical Exam Areas, Printing Companies
Color Temperature

What ranges of Kelvin contain which color?

The graphic above is the CIE 1931 Chromaticity Diagram which represents the international standard for primary colors established in 1931. It allows all other colors to be defined as a weighted sum of the three “primary” colors. The graphic to the below is a common color spectrum scale that can be found all over the internet and are even placed on light bulb packaging. This scale has been pulled out of the CIE 1931 Chromaticity Diagram and the solid black line represents this spectrum.

Up to 3000K: Yellow/White
3100K – 4500K: White
4600K and Up: Blue/White
Kelvin Scale - Luxury Euro Modern Lighting
How to apply color temperature?

When the desired effect is “warm”, use a light source with a color temperature below 3000K. Here are some approximate reference points: candle light is 1800K (warm yellow) or a standard 60W incandescent light bulb at 2700K (warm white).

When the desired effect is “White, Neutral, Cool”, use a light source with a color temperature in the range of 3100K – 4500K. Here are some approximate reference points: Lights in a portrait photo studio are 3200K (White) and fluorescent lights in a classroom or office are often 4100K (Cool white).

When the desired effect is “Daylight”, use a light source color temperature of 4600K and up. Here are some approximate reference points: Daylight color temperature at noon is 5600K and daylight with a thin overcast sky is 6500K.

See our examples below but please keep in mind that all computer screens are different so the example will vary from screen to screen.

Color Temperature for Modern Euro Lighting
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FOLLOX from Casablance | LED illumination at LAND ROVER exhibition

LED illumination at LAND ROVER exhibition

About Project

The Peragnoli dealership in Monteriggioni, near Siena, Tuscany, Italy, opted for FOLLOX 1 lighting only in their dealership’s LAND ROVER exhibition. All of the LAND ROVER models in the showroom are illuminated using a total of 91 meters of slim line aluminium lighting profiles measuring just 30 x 42 mm in cross section, delivering a total of 260,000 lumens at full performance. The power consumption of 2.8 kWh is so low that the lighting system completely paid off in savings less than two years after replacing the previous halogen lighting system.

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Elcom Design – Zablter Park

Zablter Park – Azerbaijan with azimport

About “azimport”

“AZIMPORT” LLC is included to the group of big scale construction companies of Azerbaijan Republic, functioning at the market from 2004. Developed infrastructure of company allows qualitatively provide all complex of works from stage of establishment of project documentation up to handling over of premise to the exploitation.


Product used: 250 Model PROBO from Elcom Design

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The Light Bulb – How To Choose The Right Light Bulb – Part 2

Guide to understanding the confusing world of light bulbs and light sources
by: Technical Support Team
Now that you understand the current light bulb your fixture is using (Covered in How to choose the Right Light Bulb – Part 1 – Understanding how to identify light bulbs ) it is time to choose the technology that best fits your application. Below are common light technologies that are used today. The text in the boxes is the technical information if you are interested in light technology. Below we will explain a bit of each technology as well as give you the pros and cons – So lets get started!


An incandescent light bulb, incandescent lamp or incandescent light globe is an electric light which produces light with a wire filament heated to a high temperature by an electric current passing through it, until it glows. The hot filament is protected from oxidation with a glass or quartz bulb that is filled with inert gas or evacuated. The light bulb is supplied with electrical current by feed-through terminals or wires embedded in the glass.

Considered to be the “traditional lamp”; the incandescent lamp has been and continues to be found in most North American households. New laws have now prohibited the importation of the 75W and 100W incandescent lamp, and in 2013 the same laws are in effect for 40W and 60W lamps. The pro’s for incandescent lamps are that their CRI (or Color Rendering Index) is very high and produces light in a very natural way.

Regional Voltage: 120V 240V
Life Span: 1200 hrs
Average Cost of Bulb: Low
Lumen Output: 800lm 700lm
Wattage to Achieve Lumen Output: 60W 60W
CRI < 100
Pros Cons
excellent color rendition not very durable
inexpensive hot operating temperature
manufacturing is being phased out
expensive to operate
Standard Light bulb - How-to Understanding Light Sources

Halogen Lamp

In a halogen lamp, filament evaporation is prevented by a chemical process that redeposits metal vapor onto the filament, extending its life. The light bulb is supplied with electrical current by feed-through terminals or wires embedded in the glass.

Halogen lamps have a vast amount of uses ranging from track lighting to wall sconces. Typically these lamps are considered warm in color and also produce a great amount of heat. The price points are very reasonable and are more efficient then your typical incandescent lamps. There are many different sizes and base configurations available.

Regional Voltage: 120V 240V
Life Span: 1250 hrs
Average Cost of Bulb: Low
Lumen Output: 800lm 700lm
Wattage to Achieve Lumen Output: 43W 42W
CRI 95-100
Pros Cons
good color rendition expensive to operate
inexpensive hot operating temperature
Halogen Light bulb - How-to Understanding Light Sources

Induction Lamp (Electrodeless Lamp)

The internal electrodeless lamp or induction light is a gas discharge lamp in which the power required to generate light is transferred from outside the lamp envelope to the gas inside via an electric or magnetic field, in contrast with a typical gas discharge lamp that uses internal electrodes connected to the power supply by conductors that pass through the lamp envelope.

A much less common light source, the induction lamp has its uses. We include this information to cover all sectums of light.

Regional Voltage: 120V 240V
Life Span: 60,000 hrs
Average Cost of Bulb: Very High
Lumen Output: 1400lm
Wattage to Achieve Lumen Output: 23W
CRI 80+
Pros Cons
extended lamp life expensive to purchase
limited options available
Halogen Light bulb - How-to Understanding Light Sources


A fluorescent lamp or a fluorescent tube is a low pressure mercury-vapor gas-discharge lamp that uses fluorescence to produce visible light. An electric current in the gas excites mercury vapor which produces short-wave ultraviolet light that then causes a phosphor coating on the inside of the bulb to glow. Fluorescent lamp fixtures require a ballast to regulate the current through the lamp.

Tube fluorescents are moderately efficient light sources found mostly in commercial applications due to their inexpensive operating costs and cost to purchase. The fluorescent fixture is relatively inexpensive in comparison to decorative fixtures. This makes the task of lighting a large open space more economical. Tube fluorescents can and have been used in designer fixtures but usually in the form of a circular tube such as a Round/Circular 60W T9. Standard tubes are extremely fragile and contain mercury which is extremely toxic. A large complaint of all fluorescents is their signature warming up period. The warming period is the time it takes from when the light source is energized to the point you have reached full brightness. In a commercial application this isn’t an issue because the light source is continuously energized.

Regional Voltage: 120V 240V
Life Span: 8000 hrs
Average Cost of Bulb: Moderate
Lumen Output: 800lm 700lm
Wattage to Achieve Lumen Output: 13W 12W
CRI 62-85
Pros Cons
lower expense to operate dims over time
contains mercury
warm-up period to achieve full brightness
operating temperature limitations
Fluorescent Tubes - How-to Understanding Light Sources

CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps)

A compact fluorescent lamp (CFL), also called compact fluorescent light, energy-saving light, and compact fluorescent tube, is a fluorescent lamp designed to replace an incandescent lamp; some types fit into light fixtures formerly used for incandescent lamps. The lamps use a tube which is curved or folded to fit into the space of an incandescent bulb, and a compact electronic ballast in the base of the lamp. Like all fluorescent lamps, CFLs contain toxic mercury which complicates their disposal. The principle of operation in a CFL bulb remains the same as in other fluorescent lighting: electrons that are bound to mercury atoms are excited to states where they will radiate ultraviolet light as they return to a lower energy level; this emitted ultraviolet light is converted into visible light as it strikes the fluorescent coating on the bulb. CFLs radiate a spectral power distribution that is different.

CFLs hit the market sometime in the 1980’s with a relatively high price point, but as of 2013 their prices have dropped to a more affordable (as little as 1.74 per unit) lamp. This was a big step in energy savings as they require roughly 75% less energy then the incandescent lamp. The concept of the CFL is as simple as taking tube fluorescent, compressing it so it may retro fit into existing consumer light fixtures. Options for this light source are endless and its only true limitation is size (CFLs can retro into almost every application that a standard incandescent bulb had been used). CFLs have their advantages and disadvantages with the number one complaint being it’s signature warm up period. There is a noticeable delay in full brightness that you physically see. Using the application of a home bathroom, one would turn lights off and on frequently, you would notice this delay easily.

Regional Voltage: 120V 240V
Life Span: 8000 hrs
Average Cost of Bulb: Moderate
Lumen Output: 800lm 700lm
Wattage to Achieve Lumen Output: 13W 12W
CRI 82
Pros Cons
lower expense to operate dims over time
contains mercury
warm-up period to achieve full brightness
operating temperature limitations
CFL - How-to Understanding Light Sources

HID Lamps (High-Intensity Discharge)

High-intensity discharge lamps (HID lamps) are a type of electrical gas-discharge lamp which produces light by means of an electric arc between tungsten electrodes housed inside a translucent or transparent fused quartz or fused alumina arc tube. This tube is filled with both gas and metal salts. The gas facilitates the arc’s initial strike. Once the arc is started, it heats and evaporates the metal salts forming plasma, which greatly increases the intensity of light produced by the arc and reduces its power consumption. High-intensity discharge lamps are a type of arc lamp.

HID lamps are more of a commercial light source and you will find them in a lot of outdoor lighting applications because of their ability to create a high lumen output per watt. HIDs are in the family of gas-discharge arc lamps and come in three different types; mercury, metal halide and sodium. HID lamps are much like fluorescents lamps in that they require an electronic ballast to operate.

Regional Voltage: 120V 240V
Life Span: 12,000 hrs
Average Cost of Bulb: Moderate-High
Lumen Output: 1000lm
Wattage to Achieve Lumen Output: 20W
CRI 22-65
Pros Cons
high lumen output low CRI
very hot operating temperature
limited options available
HID Lamps - How-to Understanding Light Sources

LED (Light-Emitting Diode)

The LED is a two-lead semiconductor light source. It is a pn-junction diode, which emits light when activated. When a suitable voltage is applied to the leads, electrons are able to recombine with electron holes within the device, releasing energy in the form of photons. This effect is called electroluminescence, and the color of the light (corresponding to the energy of the photon) is determined by the energy band gap of the semiconductor.

LED – the latest and greatest some say. The pros of these light sources seem to outweigh their cons. LED technology has been around since the 1960’s but the invention of the white LED came later in the 1990’s. By 2012 more than 49 million LED products had been installed and since then the cost of LED technology has dropped significantly. Energy savings isn’t the only upside to LED; they also have an exceptional life span and a low operating temperature. Their size can be extremely small allowing for an endless assortment fitting many applications.

Regional Voltage: 120V 240V
Life Span: 50,000 hrs
Average Cost of Bulb: High
Lumen Output: 800lm 700lm
Wattaget to Achieve Lumen Output: 10W
CRI 80-98
Pros Cons
low cost of operation expensive to purchase
very low operating temperature
very durable
acceptable CRI
LED Bulbs- How-to Understanding Light Sources

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How To Choose The Right Light Bulb – Part 1

Guide to understanding the confusing world of light bulbs and light sources
by: Technical Support Team

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A common question the team at gets is “what light bulb do I need?” There are many types of light sources / bulbs to choose from and the choices can be overwhelming. Here is the crash course that will give you some confidence when choosing the proper light bulb; not just standing in front of an isle at your local home improvement store scratching your head.

Below we have a table of common light bulb shapes which are not to scale however this graphic will give you an idea of how many options are available. The A19 is the standard 40W-60W incandescent light bulb which made up over half of the market until 2013 (the light bulb is changing but we will cover this in a different article). Many of these bulb shapes and styles have very specific applications so don’t get too caught up in the details – there is a good chance you may never use or even see these styles.

Light Bulb Shapes and Sizes - For Modern Euro Lighting

Why is this important and why are there so many choices? Well actually the most important factor to a light source is brightness and the method used to create light – however shape can play a role. One example would be a light fixture that has a glass diffuser this will allow one to see the light source directly. When the light source is energized you will see what the source looks like but more importantly when the source is not energized that bulb could be unappealing. An additional example: some fixtures just require a particular style of bulb – the design requires you to use a specified bulb shape to allow the fixture to operate properly.

A Arbitrary (Standard) R Reflector
PS Pear Shape MR Multi-Faceted Reflector
B/BA Bulged, Bulged with angular tip BR Bulbous Reflector
C/CA Conical, Candel shape with bent tip G Globe
RP Reflector, Pear shape T Tubular
S Straight-sided shape
(compare with CA and BA)
BT Reflector
ST Spherical Tubular E/ED Elliptical, Elliptical with dimple in the crown
F Flame AR Aluminized Reflector
PAR Parabolic Aluminized Reflector

Halogen Light Bulbs - Modern Euro Lighting How-to's

The section above consists of MR, AR and PAR. You will often find these bulbs as halogen style light sources and are used in a wide variety of fixtures. These bulbs will often have reflectors built into the bulb which will give off a more spotlight like effect. They are common in track lighting, recess lighting but aren’t exclusive used in only these applications.

Halogen style bulbs are known for their spotlight effect as well as heat output. These style of bulbs are hard to mistake for each other unlike your endless options of bulbs above; however is can be easy to mix up the socket type which we will cover later. Also pay special attention the voltage requirements for these bulb types; they can be offered in High and Low voltage.

CFL Lights - How-to's Euro Lighting

This image would represent most Fluorescent light bulbs and CFL’s (or Compact Fluorescent Bulbs). Most fluorescent and CFL’s have milky colored glass bulb and can be the characteristic that will give this light source away. CFL’s have a very unique shape in the forms of Tubes and spirals and Fluorescents typically come in long tubes (rings are common as well).

These bulbs are very differently then incandescent and halogen light bulbs. They have low pressure mercury vapor inside their glass tube with a phosphor coating. Light is created by electrical current simulating the mercury gas creating ultraviolet light. This ultraviolet light causes the phosphor coating on the bulb to glow.

The long tube style fluorescents can most always be found in commercial applications but have made it into homes across the world because of their energy savings capabilities. Fluorescents tubes aren’t typically used in a home but more so the CFL’s as they replace incandescent bulbs. If you look closely at a CFL you will notice that its shape is nothing more than a long tube twisted to conserve space – there for having the ability in most cases to fit existing fixtures.

Light Bulb Sizing Chart - Euro Lighting - Understanding Light Bulbs

The chart above as an example of how you can find the actual bulb style based of size. These types of charts are easily accessible on the web. This is a simple method of finding the exact style bulb you have if you cannot locate the style print on the bulb itself. The chart is extremely useful when you have globe style bulb like A, PS, B, C, CA, RP, S, F, R, BR, G, T, BT, E, & ED because of the vast amount of sizes offered.

To use this style chart all you would need to do is place the leading edge of the largest width of the bulb against the charts leading edge. We recommend using 1/8 inch hash marks as it is a bit easier to get an exact measurement. Find the length by viewing the opposite edge of the bulb. Some printable charts have the bulbs printed on the hash marks, like our example below, for easy use.

Light Bulb Base Styles - Euro Lighting - How to find the right light bulb

Above we have base types and could very well be the most challenging part of identifying the type of light bulb your fixture needs. Most everyone one is familiar with your standard screw in light bulb. This bulb would be call; E26 Standard, Standard, Edison Base, Edison Screw, Standard Base, and Medium Base. We are sure there are other names for this base however these are the most common.

You will find that it is very common that the E26 and E27 get confused. The reality of these base types are a difference on 1mm. These two screw types are interchangeable which means they can be used in either a US or EU lamp holder/socket. In the US the E26 style base is used and in Europe the E27 is used. The E stands for ES which is “Edison Screw” and the E26 is 26mm in diameter and the E27 is 27mm in diameter. The thing to pay attention to is Voltage meaning you should not use a E26 60W 120V bulb in Europe with requires 220V.

Below is a list of the most commonly used thread sizes for lamps.

  • Candelabra:
    E12 North America
    E11 Europe
  • Intermediate:
    E17 North America
    E14 Europe
  • Medium or standard:
    E26 North America
    E27 Europe
  • Mogul:
    E39 North America
    E40 in Europe.

More common bases are BI Pins and are typically found in halogen style bulbs. The image to the right will give you the pin to pin distance so you may measure the exact pin style you have. By sight it is difficult to tell so we would highly recommend measuring pin to pin.

You can find LED bulbs to retro fit your existing fixture for almost every base style to the right, but this however is a whole other monster that we will tackle in a future article. No more luck needed – you are now ready to find your replacement bulb.


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Steinhauer – Modern European Designer Lighting Brand

Lighting design is fashion, and like fashion, contemporary and modern lighting designs are ever changing and evolving from inspiration throughout the world and beyond. Introducing the latest contribution to modern and contemporary design is the lighting brand Steinhauer. Modern European lighting brand Steinhauer, from the Netherlands, is a family of designers and artists that have collaborated throughout the years to assemble a marvelous selection of European light fixtures and designs.

For over eighty years, Steinhauer has been designing and developing lighting fittings. Putting this experience to good use in the constant, creative adoption of trends has become our trademark. Besides designing unique fittings, Steinhauer offers its customers commercially attractive arrangements.

The measure of our success lies in design and production flexibility. To meet the rigid requirements of flexibility, we control each production phase in-house: from design and development to production and transport. Our catalogue puts the spotlight on our collection of lighting fittings. When it comes to fittings, Steinhauer is lighting the way.

Follow us as we display a preview of the Modern European Lighting Designs from our latest lighting brand Steinhauer…

Modern Designer European Floor Lamp
Modern LED Floor Lamp Tamara
Tamara Modern LED Floor Lamp by European Lighting Brand Steinhauer
Very Chic Modern Suspension Lighting
Very Chic Modern Suspension Lighting from Steinhauers Virichic Collection
Humilus Modern LED Wall Lighting
Humilus Modern LED Wall Lighting Design by Steinhauer
Wow Modern European Designer Lighting collection
Wow Modern European Designer Lighting collection by Steinhauer Brand
Serenade Collection Modern LED Floor Lighting
Serenade Collection Modern LED Floor Lighting Designs by Steinhauer
Serenade Collection of Designer Modern Table Lighting
Serenade Collection of Designer Modern Table Lighting by Steinhauer

SLAMP Italian Designer Light

Luxury Italian Lighting Brand Slamp has been evolving to suit its decorative designer needs since the brand was created 20 years ago. We’ve decided to take a moment to reflect on the history of Slamp and by doing so our excitement for the future of Slamp continues to grow. Take a moment with us as we dig deeper into the Italian Lighting Brands’ roots, their collaboration with innovative designers and the courage to explore with contemporary designs with never before used materials.

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Roberto Ziliani, CEO of SLAMP displaying the Cuore wall lamp designed by Nigel Coates

 “When I set up SLAMP, in 1994, my aim was to create something really new in the Italian design arena: something that could offer high quality lamps, where a craftsman’s eye to detail meets the excellence of industrial production. Products made in patented and innovative materials, that were going to be unique and immediately recognizable. Thus, after gathering around me some of the greatest international designers, such as Mendini, Cibic, Dalisi, Garro, Munari, the “Slamp Tube” was born in its many graphical versions: since then SLAMP’s growth has never stopped, so that today it is one of the most representative brand-names in the field of decorative designer lighting, an actual reference point for anyone wishing to possess a much sought after, original, exclusive object, yet within reach for everyone…” – Roberto Ziliani

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Slamps Dafne, Bois and Vente Tube Lamp Designs


In a creative and technological setting, Slamp transforms the brightest ideas into products. Innovative technologies are tested every day with the purpose of creating emotion every time a Slamp is switched on. Matching the most state-of-the-art LED sources to patented materials creates surprising effects, as in Etoile or Helios. Furthermore, the experimentation of prismatic/reflecting plastic materials – such as Lentiflex® – allows wonderful light effects and magical atmospheres to be created even with traditional – halogen and fluorescent – light sources. The research project on the surface finish of materials has allowed us to develop over the years a unique process for iridescent polarisation, as in Mille Bolle. Last but not least, investments in experimentation of colour effects, has led Slamp to be a world leader today in the color effects applied to lighting: the soft nuances of Veli or Clizia, the “Silk” effect hues of Flora or the “Morphing” effect of Crocco are just an example.

helios LED contemporary floor lamp
Helios LED Contemporary Floor Lamp by SLAMP
Etoile LED Suspension Pendant Lamp
Etoile LED Suspension Pendant Lamp by SLAMP
Mille Bolle  contemporary table Lamp
Mille Bolle Contemporary Table and Floor Lamp by SLAMP
Veli Italian Designer Suspension Pendant Lamp
Veli Italian Designer Suspension Pendant Lamp by SLAMP
Clizia Contemporary Suspension Lighting
Clizia Contemporary Suspension Lighting
Flora Modern Pendant Lighting Fixtures
Flora Modern Pendant Lighting Fixtures
Crocco Contemproary Wall Lamp
Crocco Contemproary Wall Lamp

    MADE IN ITALY quality production

Thousands of lamps go through Slamp’s headquarters, in Italy, every day, to be shipped to 104 Countries around the world. Production resembles a fashion atelier: the raw materials, subject to strict quality control, are assembled with painstaking care by skilled personnel. The production lines are under constant monitoring by the “Quality Improvement Team”, whose objective is the continuous improvement of processes, raw materials and products. With over 10 patented materials such as Opaflex, Cristalflex, Steelflex, Lentiflex, Plainflex and ongoing research into surface finishes, Slamp continues to amaze the market with its light and color effects.

Made in Italy Quality Production - Woody Lamp
Made in Italy Quality Production – Woody Lamp Collection